Knowing road signs before hopping onto your bike is almost essential before hitting the road. Bikes are a public means of transport and it’s necessary to know traffic rules to circulate correctly and respect other vehicles and pedestrians who are also using public roads.
Unlike other vehicle users, cyclists don’t need a licence in order to ride their bikes, but they must know traffic signs as they can affect circulation. We could say that, before learning how to cycle, it’s essential – and almost mandatory – to know the basic road and traffic signs.
While any cyclist must know cycling signals, in order to use them while riding, traffic signs aimed to cyclists must also be known. Find what signs you must know to ride, as they can affect your riding. Keep reading and find what traffic signs cna affect you when you’re on your bike. They can also be useful if you’re walking around town.
Traffic signs for cyclists
1. Compulsory cycling path sign
Blue, circular signs mean an obligation. Thus, this sign means cyclists must use the road it’s placed on. At the same time, this sign prevents other vehicles from using that same road. It’s worth noting that, if you’re cycling next to a road marked with this sign, you can get a fine, as you’re obliged to use it indeed. Once you arrive at the end of it, you’ll find the same sign with a diagonal line through it, and you’ll no longer be on an only-cyclist path.
2. Cycle route ahead
All triangular traffic signs mean danger. This sign alerts about a cycling path, or a place frequented by cyclists, ahead. If you see this sign, pay special attention – you may find a cyclist on the road ahead of you. Remember that, if you’re driving a car, you must drive 2 meters away from a cyclist in order to take over, while slowing down to a 20 Km/h or 12 mph speed.
3. Cycling path
This sign will tell you about a cycling path, for cycles and pedestrians, apart from the motor vehicle road. This sign can normally be found at large areas such as parks or gardens.
4. Cycling path next to the road
This sign will tell you that the lane onto which the bike is can only be used by cycles. The arrows on the sign will vary depending on the number of lanes and traffic direction.
5. Cycling lane on the road
This marking is found on the pavement of some roads. Its presence indicates the space reserved for the use of bicycles only. They are usually found in and around cities. The markings may be different, with different bicycle designs or colours depending on the city or country, but the purpose of the sign is the same for all.
6. No Bicycles Sign
This sign indicates that all cycles are forbidden to circulate, therefore bicycles are included. This prohibition sign indicates that you may not ride on the road, highway or path on which it is located. The bicycle prohibition sign can be found mainly on motorways or dual carriageways where the circulation of bicycles is clearly prohibited.
Now that you know the most important traffic signs for cycling, pay special attention to them and ride with caution, respecting all signs. If you respect the traffic rules, your bicycle journeys will be much safer and other people on the road will thank you for it.